Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, August 27, 2010

There have been a few articles about the discovery of Umm Mawagir but this article in the Yale Almumni Magazine which Vincent Brown found is the best.  Most tales of the discoveries of lost cities are fantasy stories or are over-hyped.  This is an honest-to-goodness discovery of a real lost city near the dessert oasis of Kharga to the West of Luxor.

The dessert city blossomed from1650 to 1550 BCE, just before the dawn of the New Kingdom.  Because the site is dessert and away from modern cities, preservation should be very good.  So far less than ½% of he city area has been excavated but that has revealed buried mud-brick walls which still stand 3 feet high.  So far there is no report of an associated cemetery but inevitably a city that size must include burials and probably a temple.  Hopefully there will be new texts and inscriptions which reveal more about period which is much less well-known than the New Kingdom which followed.


stewarth99 said...

Very interesting article Kate.
Opens up a whole new field of Egyptology (or should that be desert).
The logistics of such an excavation hardly bear thinking about.


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